King’s Lynn Town host arguably the biggest game in their short history when Blue Square Premier AFC Telford United arrive at The Walks today.

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Lynn, reformed after the original club was wound up in the High Court in December 2009, have already hosted Coalville Town in an FA Vase semi-final.

However, this afternoon is the first time they have welcomed a team from non-league’s top tier for a competitive clash. And with a crowd of more than 1,000 expected at The Walks, FA Trophy fever is gripping the town.

“We’re very, very excited. We have come a long way in this competition. I stupidly said there’s not much mileage in the Trophy and look how wrong I’ve been,” said Linnets boss Gary Setchell. “It’s been a fantastic run and we’ve been underdogs in every round we’ve played – and we will be even more so today. Telford are a class act. The gulf between the Conference (Blue Square Premier) and the rest of non-league is big.

“Even when Lynn were a Conference North side they lost 5-0 to Cambridge United and 5-1 to Kidderminster Harriers. It just shows how big our task is.”

The winner of today’s second-round tie will pocket £6,000 prize money, a place in the last 16, and be one step closer to reaching a Wembley final.

Setchell’s men face a huge task to prolong their dream but can take heart from the fact they’ve seen off four higher-level outfits — Barwell, Carshalton, Eastbourne and Worksop — to set up this afternoon’s match.

The Lynn boss said: “We have got a game plan. People maybe thought at half-time against Eastbourne they were going to run out winners but we stayed in the game, scored, and then there only looked one winner.

“There’s a belief that we can win the game. The players believe it, hopefully the fans do, and if we stick together anything can happen.”

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